​Everything you need to know about tests in a standards-based learning environment

Video Workshops For Use In...

  • Department meetings
  • College classes
  • Parent meetings
  • Grade level meetings
  • Faculty meetings
  • PLC teams
  • Board of Ed meetings
  • Individual PD

Video-Based Sessions

For use in any professional development setting

Not webinars, but live-capture presentations defining and exploring how testing in standards-based learning environments leads to successful growth model attainment

Each video begins with definitions of the tests in the area being covered. Detailed information about their impact on the learning in classrooms will be provided.

Each video allows break times within the 30-45 minute time period for discussion by the viewing group under the leadership of the local host (principal, professor, department chair, PLC leader, etc.)

Module 1: Overview of Assessment Types

  • Understand the differences between the three types of assessment—National, District, and Local/Classroom
  • Review specific examples of each type of assessment, and categorize the assessments currently administered to students
  • Understand how to create a balanced picture of student achievement and growth using all three types of assessment
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of assessment

Module 2: National Assessment

  • Understand how national assessments inform instruction and meet evaluation needs
  • Discuss the weaknesses of national assessments with your team—and plan how you’ll address them
  • Understand the difference between attainment and growth, and how they’re measured
  • Review specific examples of national tests and identify common features
  • Understand the 4 primary strengths of national assessments

Module 3: District Assessment

  • Identify the characteristics of a good district assessment
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of different sources of district level assessments
  • Compare sources of district assessments—also known as Benchmark or Type II assessments
  • Make the case for developing your own district assessments instead of buying assessments

Module 4: Local/Classroom Assessment

  • Understand the core elements of rigorous, standards-aligned local assessments
  • Put a plan in place to ensure that local assessments generate the best possible evidence of student proficiency
  • Work with your team to conduct an analysis of a sample local assessment item using a rubric
  • Learn how to create assessments that meet five key criteria


Linda Brissenden

Teacher, Principal, Staff Developer

Steve Oertle 

Teacher, Principal, Asst. Superintendent, Creator of CourseMason and Staff Developer

Jennifer Garrison

Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Staff Developer

Quintin Shepherd

Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Staff Developer

Sample Video:

Why We Created This Course:

Learning leaders in classrooms, both teachers and administrators need a thorough understanding of quality assessment and attributes of the various tests to propel students to achieve the growth model. These video tools will help to explain formative and summative assessment techniques so that teachers and those evaluating them can speak the same language and work together for student standard attainment.

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What's Included:

  • Downloadable HD Videos
  • Facilitator Directions
  • Participant Handouts
  • PowerPoint Slides

You’ll get everything you need to facilitate an effective professional development session for your group. Each video is timed to fit within a 1-hour staff meeting (35 to 45 minutes running time), including ample time for discussion, the included activities, and opening/closing time.

The videos are provided in high-definition 1080p MP4 format. We recommend using a large screen with a high-definition projector for the best experience, and providing slide handouts if a smaller screen will be used.

The files total about 15GB in size. If download speed is a concern, you can also order the program on a USB flash drive.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does one license cover my entire staff?

A: Yes, you can use Successful Assessment 101 with all staff at a single location or for a single group. For multi-site or district licenses, please contact us.

Q: Can I buy just one module?

A: Yes, you can use purchase any of the individual Successful Assessment 101 modules for $69 each via credit card. Please call 1-800-861-5172 or contact us at [email protected] to make arrangements.

Q: What’s the format of the sessions?

A: Each session features live presenter video, which includes onscreen directions and timers for activities, and is accompanied by handouts, slides, and facilitator directions.

The videos are in high-definition 1080p MP4 video format, which should be playable on most newer computers. If you need a program that can play MP4 files, we recommend VLC.